Archive for July 2nd, 2013

Lenny White – Lenny White Live

Every now and then, it pays to revisit the past. But in this case, we’re not talking the roots of jazz but something from more recent history. Lenny White Live (BFM Jazz, 2013) was recorded from a 1997 performance in Japan.

The set features drummer Lenny White, with a lineup of Mark Ledford on trumpet, Bennie Maupin on saxophones, Foley on lead bass, Patrice Rushen and Donald Blackmon on keyboards and Victor Bailey on bass.

“Whew! What a Dream” kicks things off. Bailey’s bass lines provide the fuel for this energetic piece. White shows why he’s one of the world’s most prolific drummers throughout the song, especially during the middle break. All the players are fully engaged, with Ledford, Maupin, Rushen and Blackman contributing solos as well as a spirited call-and-response sequence between keyboard and sax. Toward the end of the piece, White steps out again during an exchange with the horn synths.

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